An experienced HIA member builder in the Canberra region and surrounds, Mick says he was looking for an alternative building method for constructing brick homes because he was struggling to find bricklayers, and at times, brick supplies for his custom-built projects. REZICAST Systems he says is years in the making toward finding a more effective way of building homes.
‘People have tried precast in residential building before, including tilt-ups where you make the panels onsite and tilt them up,’ Mick explains. ‘It was expensive and slow, and condensation was a big issue, but we’ve resolved this with REZICAST Systems. Our system also differs from tilt-ups in that we truck the panels onsite and crane them into
Day one of this building method involves putting up the walls and trusses to form a cold shell. On the second day drainage works and an internal inspection is completed, while the following two days are typically reserved for slab preparation and pour.
‘We pour our slabs through the trusses with the booms so concreters don’t need formwork because the walls are up – meaning there’s no mess and no materials waste onsite,’ Mick says. ‘They love it; they’re in and out. Normally, concreters would take two days prepping a site, but it only takes them half a day with us and half a day to pour the slab, so they’re off doing another job straight after.’
Day five, six and seven will see the frames walked in and the roof put on. ‘Then day eight is usually for installation of windows, which we place into pre-cut holes,’ he says. ‘That’s our point of difference to other builds, but once that part is complete you achieve lock up.
‘For builders, that’s a great advantage because that’s half your money in 10 days, so using REZICAST Systems is cash flow positive.’